Ships hit by U-boats

Kalypso Vergotti

Greek Steam merchant

Photo Courtesy of Library of Contemporary History, Stuttgart

NameKalypso Vergotti
Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage5,686 tons
Completed1918 - A. McMillan & Son Ltd, Dumbarton 
OwnerEptanisos Steamship Co Ltd, Athens 
Date of attack29 Jun 1941Nationality:      Greek
FateSunk by U-66 (Richard Zapp)
Position29° 00'N, 25° 00'W - Grid DG 6581
Complement36 (36 dead - no survivors)
ConvoySL-78 (straggler)
RoutePepel - Freetown (18 Jun) - Glasgow 
Cargo7000 tons of iron ore 
History Completed in July 1918 as fleet oiler War Server for The Shipping Controller, managed by Anglo-Saxon Petroleum Co Ltd, London. 1919 sold to Greece, converted to steam merchant and renamed Kalypso Vergotti for Panaghis Vergottis, Argostoli. 
Notes on event

At 18.50 hours on 29 June 1941 the Kalypso Vergotti, a straggler from convoy SL-78, was hit by a torpedo from U-66 and sank within 50 seconds west of the Canary Islands. Two empty lifeboats and a few survivors swimming in the water were seen by the Germans after the attack.


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